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Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory


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We develop cost-effective optical imaging and spectroscopy tools to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer and infectious disease through early detection at the point-of-care. In collaboration with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, we have developed novel cellular and molecular imaging technologies to recognize signatures of early neoplastic disease.  At the same time, we have developed optically active, targeted nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes to image directly the molecular hallmarks of cancer.  Through clinical trials at MD Anderson, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India we have optimized these agents and imaging systems, demonstrating that they can detect precancerous lesions and early cancers in the oral cavity and the esophagus with high sensitivity and specificity.   More recently, we have initiated a multi-disciplinary effort to develop molecular specific contrast agents and optical micro-fluidic chips for point-of-care detection of infectious disease, through collaborations at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


November 2, 2014
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Nov 2-6  »

October 10, 2014
IEEE Healthcare Innovation Point-of-Care Technologies Conference
Meaghan Bond won best paper out of 176 submissions at the IEEE Healthcare Innovation Point-of-Care Technologies Conference.   »

July 16, 2014
2013 BRC Collaborative Prize Winners
Lead author Meaghan Bond and co-authors win BRC Collaborative $500 Translational Prize   »

June 29, 2014
64th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
64th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, June 29 - July 4, 2014   »

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